Adios AIM: Tool to Create Constructive Virtual Presence

Adios AIM: Tool to Create Constructive Virtual Presence AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) silently ceased to exist on December 15th, and most of the tech pundits I heard appeared to either be happy to see it go or spoke of the service with low regard. I mark this passing from a different set of experiences. When I got my Master’s degree online in 2002 and later … Continue reading Adios AIM: Tool to Create Constructive Virtual Presence

2017-11-15 STEAMLab before class waiting for students

Thoughts from the “Mountain” – My Kingdom for A Single Grade Level

Thoughts from the “Mountain” – My Kingdom for A Single Grade Level Is it a bad sign that after 18-years as a teacher in an ongoing series of “Specialist” positions that I’m thinking about the virtues of having a single grade level (aka, my own class)? It must be this cold/sore throat that I’m attempting to fight off… in my weakened state and all. I … Continue reading Thoughts from the “Mountain” – My Kingdom for A Single Grade Level

Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

Nothing will shake out the bugs and defects in anything quite like exposure to the energy and intensity of elementary students. I’ve seen nicely manufactured kid-friendly robots happily fail to drive forward after only two-weeks of exposure to elementary students. And we’re not talking about driving them off tables or running them into walls or any other forms of robot/technology abuse. Just the normal-but-intense usage … Continue reading Consumer-Grade Technology Won’t Cut It In the Classroom

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits This week we finished creating self-portraits using a simplified facial drawing techniques that I found on YouTube. This is the video that I shared with students last week, going through the video step by step as students attempted to draw their version of what I later called “generic white guy.” Turned out that the activity last week was … Continue reading 2017-18 STEAMLab WK07: Art – Drawing Self-Portraits

Can’t Organize Myself Out of a Paper Bag and Mourning the Loss of Circus Ponies Notebook

Old school mind mapping I’m in the process of planning next year’s STEAM Lab curriculum and I’m having a hell of a time organizing my thoughts and resources. Going back to organizing my Magnet school resources in the mid-1990s I grabbed chart paper and spent many days drawing/writing out a first draft. I think that must have been when I began to lust for having … Continue reading Can’t Organize Myself Out of a Paper Bag and Mourning the Loss of Circus Ponies Notebook

JBB’s Final Thoughts 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “We Believe that Children Are Our Future?”

Who, in their right mind, is going to say, “To hell with the kids, let them fend for themselves, who need ’em.” Even those who aren’t comfortable around little ones or who have no desire to have any children of their own are likely to have a soft spot for a precious niece or nephew or adorable neighborhood urchin. For the vast majority of us … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “We Believe that Children Are Our Future?”

Portfolio v Posts v Pages in WordPress

2015-08-13_academic-portfolio-mindmap Remember what I said the other day about not having the time or energy to be working on my blog? Yeah, I lied. Having scanned in over 30-years of papers, projects and school notes and over 50-years of photos, I’m attempting to be a lot more systematic on how things get posted/shared. After looking over dozens of themes, I thought that I might pull … Continue reading Portfolio v Posts v Pages in WordPress

Education in the Age of the Technologist

This video presentation was originally given at Bar Camp Orlando 2015 on April 18, 2015. Why do some technology solutions seem to work in education while others don’t? Where are MOOCs missing the mark? Education in the Age of the Technologist by Joe Bustillos Written, Presented & Edited by Joe Bustillos “NASDAQ” from Smartsound Music (smartsound.com) Young Girl at School Holding a Computer Mouse — … Continue reading Education in the Age of the Technologist

Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993)

Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993) In 1993, during my teacher-credential training I produced this video to address the notion of how one might teach religion in the public school classroom. Even in 1993 this was a controversial subject and probably not something one should publish as one was trying to get employment in the school system. This video was also produced without … Continue reading Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993)